Japan Nuclear Site: New Fire and Workers told to Evacuate

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This is a breaking news open thread!

It appears that there is a new fire at the Fukushima Plant, and the workers have suspended operations.

See updates below:

The situation in Japan is constantly changing so I will just post some updates below. For the latest news be sure to check:

Kyodo News

Japan suspends work at stricken nuclear plant – Yahoo! News

Japan suspended operations to keep its stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after surging radiation made it too dangerous to stay.

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers dousing the reactors in a frantic effort to cool them needed to withdraw.

 

“The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” Edano said. “Because of the radiation risk we are on standby.”

Radiation prompts Japan plant evacuation – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

Japan has suspended operations to prevent quake-affected Fukushima nuclear plant from melting down after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility.

Yukio Edano, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said on Wednesday work on dousing reactors with water was disrupted by the need to withdraw.

The level of radiation at the plant surged to 1,000 millisieverts early on Wednesday before coming down to 800-600 millisieverts. Still, that was far more than the average. “So the workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” Edano said.

For the latest Latest News via Kyodo News click here:

Latest News
  • 11:30 16 March BREAKING NEWS: Containment vessels of No.1, No.3 reactors may be damaged: EdanoNote
  • 11:27 16 March
  • NEWS ADVISORY: No plans to expand evacuation area near troubled nuke plant: EdanoNote
  • 11:27 16 March
    BREAKING NEWS: Fukushima No. 3 reactor’s container feared partially damaged: EdanoNote
  • 11:26 16 March
    NEWS ADVISORY: No reports of explosion after smoke came out of nuke plant: EdanoNote
  • 11:26 16 March
    NEWS ADVISORY: No reports of explosion from No. 3 reactor: EdanoNote
  • 11:25 16 March
    NEWS ADVISORY: Edano calls on people to save gas and other fuelNote
  • 11:25 16 March
  • 11:24 16 March
    BREAKING NEWS: Radiation level briefly tops 2 milisievert at Fukushima plant: TEPCONote
  • 11:23 16 March
    BREAKING NEWS: Radiation levels at Fukushima plant rose after 10 a.m.: EdanoNote
  • 11:16 16 March
    NEWS ADVISORY: TEPCO can’t check smoke at Fukushima plant as radiation is too highNote
  • 11:02 16 March
  • NEWS ADVISORY: TEPCO unable to confirm temperature at No.3 reactor’s spent fuel poolNote
  • 11:00 16 March
    NEWS ADVISORY: Pool stores 514 spent fuel rods at Fukushima No.3 reactor: TEPCONote
  • 10:53 16 March
  • NEWS ADVISORY: Smoke may be coming from No. 3 reactor’s fuel pool: TEPCONote

For the Latest news via New York Times:

11:13 P.M. |Core Group of Workers Remain at Plant

The Times’s Hiroko Tabuchi reports that a small group of workers remains at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, contrary to what an English translation of the chief cabinet secretary’s remarks had implied.

10:22 P.M. |Chief Cabinet Secretary’s News Conference

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, is holding a news conference that is being broadcast live on Japanese television. Mr. Edano said radiation readings started rising rapidly Wednesday morning outside the front gate of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “All the workers there have suspended their operations. We have urged them to evacuate, and they have,” he said, according to a translation by NHK television.

Japan safety agency: roof cracked at Fukushima No 4 reactor | Reuters

Two workers are missing after Tuesday’s explosion at one of the reactors at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant, the country’s nuclear safety agency said.

The agency did not identify the missing workers, but said they were in the turbine area of the No.4 reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

Agency official also told a news conference there was a crack in the roof of the reactor building.

Latest nuclear plant explosion in Japan raises radiation fears – The Washington Post

Satellite photos show steam rising from the facility. The amount of radioactivity carried by the plume is unknown, but small increases in radiation — not enough to affect human health — were reported in Tokyo, about 150 miles to the southwest of the facility, and in other parts of Japan.

In response, NHK television reported that the Japanese government had ordered the country’s 47 prefectures to publicly report recorded radiation levels twice a day.

Updates on this breaking news will be posted below in the Comment Section.

For an time lapse video of the quakes in Japan, see the video below:

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34 Comments on “Japan Nuclear Site: New Fire and Workers told to Evacuate”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Radiation prompts Japan plant evacuation – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

    Japan has suspended operations to prevent quake-affected Fukushima nuclear plant from melting down after a surge in radiation made it too dangerous for workers to remain at the facility.

    Yukio Edano, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said on Wednesday work on dousing reactors with water was disrupted by the need to withdraw.

    The level of radiation at the plant surged to 1,000 millisieverts early on Wednesday before coming down to 800-600 millisieverts. Still, that was far more than the average. “So the workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” Edano said.

    • dakinikat says:

      They’re saying one of the reactors has broken the containment vessel. I guess it’s number 4.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Smoke is coming from Reactor #3. Number 4 is the one that has all the spent fuel rods (nuclear waste) that isn’t protected in any kind of containment. It was under water, but has now been exposed.

        This is from BBC world news radio.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Yes it is number 4, per the Reuters link in the thread above.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    CNN is reporting that there is white smoke rising from Reactor 3.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I’m listening to BBC world news. They are talking someone in Japan.

    Interviewer asks, if all the workers are being withdrawn, who is going to be monitoring the fires, etc.?

    Answer: They are talking about doing something with helicopters [?!]

    Now talking about how company doesn’t give timely info. Maybe the government is going to step in. But nothing seems clear.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      I think there is a link up top that discusses the helicopter scenario, they cannot do it because of radiation to the pilots.

      • bostonboomer says:

        What good would helicopters be anyway? They wouldn’t be able to diagnose a problem down below. It just sounds like these people are clueless!

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Oh I know, and what could the US military do?

        NHK WORLD English

        TEPCO: Spraying water from air “difficult”

        Tokyo Electric Power has found it difficult to spray water from a helicopter to cool down a storage pool for spent nuclear fuel inside the No.4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

        The reactor was undergoing an inspection when the quake occurred. The firm says the temperature of the storage pool for spent nuclear fuel was 84 degrees Celsius on Monday morning, more than double the normal level. More recent temperatures are not available due to a technical failure.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    Japan Says 2nd Reactor May Have Ruptured With Radioactive Release – NYTimes.com

    Japan’s nuclear crisis intensified again Wednesday, with the authorities announcing that a containment vessel in a second reactor unit at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan may have ruptured and appeared to be releasing radioactive steam. That would be the second vessel to be compromised in two days.

  5. Minkoff Minx says:

    NHK WORLD English

    Fuel rods may be exposed again at reactor

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company has said fuel rods in the Number Two reactor at its Fukushima Number One nuclear power plant may be exposed again.

    The company also reported an emergency situation to the government as the radioactivity level around the compound rose to a highest ever 3,130 microsieverts at 9:37 PM on Monday. That’s 6 times higher than the permissible level.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    President Obama’s Trivial Pursuits

    This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.

    Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.

    With various urgencies swirling about him, Saturday’s weekly videotaped presidential address focusing on “Women’s History Month” seemed bizarrely out of touch.

    Obama Friday took time out to honor the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Thursday was a White House conference on bullying – not a bad idea perhaps, but not quite Leader of the Free World stuff either.

    Obama appeared a little sleepy as he weighed in against the bullies, perhaps because he’d spent the night before partying with lawmakers as they took in a Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats game.

    Meanwhile, the president has been studying for weeks whether to establish a No Fly Zone over Libya, delaying action while the point becomes increasingly moot as Qaddafi begins to defeat and slaughter his opponents. And lawmakers from both Parties are wondering why he seems to be AWOL in the deficit reduction debate.

    The Libya indecision follows an inconsistent response to the protests that ousted former Egyptian President Mubarak and seemed to catch the White House off guard. The perfunctory response from the White House Monday to Saudi Arabia’s dispatch of troops to Bahrain suggested the administration wasn’t prepared for that one either.

    Article says lots more parties are planned.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      It is so disgusting…did you see that the US won’t support a no fly zone?

      I think the Libyan rebels are screwed…

    • gregoryp says:

      I am wondering if this guy actually understands that he is the President of the United States of America and not some minor celebrity who stars in B movies? I am just sick of sociopaths and narcissists directing the federal government. I want a real president.

    • paper doll says:

      This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes

      help us jesus! Sky god! Great Goddess!

      SOMEBODY!!!

  7. Minkoff Minx says:

    Japan suspends work at stricken nuclear plant – Yahoo! News

    A U.S. nuclear expert said he feared the worst.

    “It’s more of a surrender,” said David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer who now heads the nuclear safety program for the Union of Concerned Scientists, an activist group. “It’s not like you wait 10 days and the radiation goes away. In that 10 days things are going to get worse.”

    “It’s basically a sign that there’s nothing left to do but throw in the towel,” Lochbaum said.

  8. dakinikat says:

    The latest update is that the workers have returned to the plant. It’s 1:20 am CST here.